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Looking for ways to meet those targets for cross-curricular ICT? It’s all very well adding new software to create content and make learning more engaging and productive for students, but the danger is, where do you find the time to train staff on how to get the most out of it? How do you stop the time teaching students how to use software cutting into their actual learning time? The solution: simpler software…
Whether you’re looking to give staff and students the basic video, audio and photo editing tools and skills to create exciting multimedia projects like posters, slideshows and podcasts without the fuss, or want more advanced editing skills to give students a leg-up in further education and beyond, we can provide you with both the easy to use software essentials, and industry-standard multimedia software.
Every new Mac comes with Apple’s suite of easy to use multimedia tools bundled in free. This includes: GarageBand, the music-making app for recording and mixing audio, creating video soundtracks and recording podcasts; iMovie, which lets students import, edit and add effects to footage by simply dragging and dropping; iPhoto, for uploading, editing and sharing photos. These intuitive tools are great as they let students get editing with just a few pointers, rather than a whole lesson’s explanation, but if you want to step it up a notch, you could look at Apple’s Logic and Final Cut Pro too for professional audio and video editing.Learn more
Adobe is the watchword in creative software, developing household names such as Photoshop for creating and editing imagery, Premiere Pro for video editing and InDesign for laying out pages to create pro-looking brochures and magazines in class. Their software is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud through Adobe’s Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This is a subscription-based buying programme that makes it easy for your institution to purchase, deploy and manage Adobe licences. Whether you just need a single Adobe application, or the All Apps package, you can just download the desktop apps you need. We can even arrange training for staff on all Adobe apps.Learn more
Avid produce some of the best media software that education institutions can buy, including the Media Composer video editor, Pro Tools professional recording system, and Sibelius music composing software. These are great on their own for secondary level usage, but if you want to give students experience with professional-level workflows and help them get a foothold in the creative industries when they graduate, we recommend full Avid setups. As well as getting your students used to working with hardware and software they’d find in professional environments, Avid’s systems make it easier for your staff and technical team to offer a complete professional workflow, from ingesting footage to organising how files are stored.
Award-winning radio production at English Martyrs School
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School have been using Apple GarageBand, Mac and iPad for a simple radio production suite which has engaged students, improved speaking and listening, and even bagged them a recent Sony Radio Award…
"The radio has impacted on children’s speaking and listening, it’s impacted on their writing, it’s also impacted on social skills and confidence as well, because some of the children we targeted the project at were the children who were wary of speaking in front of others, and it’s interesting to see how they’ve developed in confidence.”
Paul Allen, Head of KS2, English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
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Get all the kit – Come to us for and software.
However you're trying to bring video and audio into the curriculum, we have a great selection of cameras, audio equipment and more to suit all levels and budgets.
Get all set up – We can help with installation.
We have a team of accredited engineers and project managers whose job it is to set up your IT at a time that suits you. They'll make sure you're up and running with the minimum disruption to your school.
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We can provide official Apple and Adobe training for teachers, tech staff and end users, as well as CPD training to help teachers get the most from Mac and iPad in the curriculum.
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Our team have spent years working within the creative industries, and can design you a bespoke ICT solution based around industry-standard kit. Along with their technical skills, they have a knack for translating IT technician speak for teachers.
Creative Edu 2017/18 issue